Group Events

Welcome to the Group Events Page! From late August through June the Granite Curling Club offers Group Events on some of the best ice conditions for curling in North America. For all ages and abilities, curling is the most accessible Winter Olympic sport. Whether you are hosting a small birthday party or a large corporate team building event, our experienced, professional instructors will ensure everyone in your group will be able to enjoy their time with us.

If you are interested in booking an event or have questions, please contact our Group Events Coordinator at groupevents@curlingseattle.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any special COVID requirements?

In an effort to keep our guests and members safe, GCC currently requires the following:

  • All guests over age 12 must be vaccinated (except in cases of religious or medical exceptions).
  • Proof of vaccination must be presented on-site. In the case of an exception, a negative PCR test received within the past 72 hours must be presented.
  • Masks must be worn at all times within the curling club.
  • Please see GCC's full COVID policy here https://curlingseattle.org/covid-19

    My group wants to go curling. What can I expect?

    Our events are 4 hours long, we find this is enough time to learn how to curl and to curl a full game, with some time allowed for breaks. We recommend showing up 15 minutes before your event's start time. This will allow you enough time to check in with our host and get fitted with equipment. While each event is as different as the group hosting it, most events follow this general blueprint:

    -0:15 – 0:15 – Arrive at Granite Curling Club, check in with host, get fitted with grippers and a knee pad
    0:15 – 0:30 – Welcome from Club, instructional video, safety talk
    0:30 – 1:15 – On ice instruction
    1:15 – 2:00 – 1st half of curling game
    2:00 – 2:45 – Break
    2:45 – 4:00 – Return from break, complete 2nd half of curling game
    4:00 – 4:30 – Return equipment, gather personal items, and disembark

    How many sheets of ice do we need?

    A game of curling is normally 4 versus 4, or 8 curlers per sheet, and we have 5 sheets to play on. In our group events, we gladly allow teams of 3 to 5 players on the ice, and will put together suitable games to accommodate the number of curlers you have. The maximum number of players on the ice is 10 per sheet, or 50 curlers total at any one time playing or learning.

    How do I book an event?

    Please consult our Group Events Calendar below to find an available time that works for your group. Once you have found an available date, please contact our Group Events Coordinator at groupevents@curlingseattle.org.

    If your date is available, we will send you a Group Event Agreement, Cancellation Policy Form, and Down Payment Invoice ($100 per sheet) via email. Once you have completed all three forms, your reservation will be fully confirmed. Please note your reservation will not be held until your down payment is completed.

    Expect a response within 24 hours of making a reservation request.

    When is the club available for an event?

    During the time our ice is in from August through June, we reserve the following times for group events.

    • All weekdays except Thursdays from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.
    • A limited number of Saturday afternoons and evenings. These events take place from 1:00-5:00 pm or 6:00-10:00 pm.
    • There may be extended times offered during the holiday weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.
    • Please reference our calendar below for a list of available times.

    You are also welcome to contact groupevents@curlingseattle.org if you have specific questions or schedule requests.

    What should people wear?

    Participants should:

    • Carry in a pair of shoes with clean, flat, rubber soles with no metal hooks or anything that may scratch the ice (clean tennis shoes are ideal). No heels, flip flops, or sandals.
    • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. It is difficult to curl in tight jeans.
    • Dress in layers with a light jacket, sweater or sweatshirt. Initially it will be chilly on the ice, but you can get quite warm once you start playing. The air temperature is usually between 40 and 42 degrees.
    • A hat and gloves may be appropriate if you chill easily.

    Who can curl?

    Anyone and everyone can curl! Curling is a lifetime sport and the Granite Curling Club has active members as young as 7 and as old as 90! For our younger curlers who may have difficulty throwing a full-size rock the full length of a sheet of ice, we have lighter rocks and nearer targets. We also have several adaptive methods that allow those of any physical ability to participate.

    What is the cost of an event?

    Each sheet of ice rented includes 4 hours of ice time and an instructor. In addition, if current COVID restrictions allow, one table per sheet in our 2nd level viewing area, as well as access to our kitchen and serving areas will be available.

    Our pricing schedule is as follows:

    • 1-10 attendees: 1 sheet and 1 instructor, $425
    • 11-20 attendees: 2 sheets and 2 instructors, $700
    • 21-30 attendees: 3 sheets and 3 instructors, $1050
    • 31-40 attendees: 4 sheets and 4 instructors, $1400
    • 41-50 attendees: 5 sheets and 5 instructors, $1750

    For safety and entertainment purposes we limit the number of curlers per sheet to 10. In some limited instances, however, we may allow more than 10 curlers per sheet. For Groups larger than 50, we charge an additional $30/per curler. Please let the Group Event Coordinator know how many will be attending so we can find the best way to accommodate everyone in your group.

    In order to reserve space for your group event, a non-refundable deposit of $100 per reserved sheet is required at the time of reservation confirmation. Your final payment will be due at the conclusion of your event and will be taken care of with your event host. Please note that events paid after this time will incur a 25% fee that will be added to the final invoice.

    Please be advised of our cancellation/sheet reduction policy as outlined below and on your event agreement form.

    What does the rental cost include?

    The rental cost includes use of the ice and facilities and, COVID restrictions permitting, assignment of 1 round table upstairs for each sheet rented for up to four consecutive hours. You will have access to the club 15 minutes before your event and a half hour after your event to allow for cleanup.

    We provide all equipment, such as brooms, rocks, rubber shoe grippers, knee pads, and everything else that is needed to curl. Your event also includes experienced professional instructors from the Granite Curling Club who teach your group how to curl. We provide one instructor per sheet as requested in your rental agreement, with additional personnel as needed for groups larger than 50.

    Are there any additional fees or extra expenditures?

    Each group has an option to add a gratuity for their instructor(s) at the end of the event. This is greatly appreciated and allows us to retain top level instructors to make your curling event an unforgettable experience.

    COVID restrictions permitting, our 2nd level club lounge is available to rent before or after your event at a rate of $75 per hour. Wi-Fi, a projector/screen, and our full kitchen and serving areas are available for use.

    If your group exceeds 10 curler per sheet, you will be charged $30 for each extra curler and $10 for each non curling spectator. Please consult the Group Events Coordinator if your group will include additional curlers or non-curlers.

    What is the policy on cancellations, postponements and changes to events?

    30 days or more prior to your event you may reschedule with no penalty. If you wish to reschedule an event that is less than 30 days away you will be charged a rescheduling fee of $25 per sheet (please see our Cancellation Policy for complete details).

    Cancellations and sheet reductions may be made up to 7 days prior to your event. Down payment on all event dates and sheets that are cancelled will be forfeit.

    Groups that cancel the event or reduce the number of reserved sheets less than 7 days prior to the event will be billed for the entire balance of the event or cancelled sheet(s). You will have 30 days to pay the balance or make a new reservation and down payment. If you make a new reservation and down payment, the balance of the canceled event less a $25 per sheet rescheduling fee will be waived.

    Is there a waiver to sign?

    All curlers are required to sign a waiver before going on the ice. Waivers are provided at the club, so simply sign upon arrival. Curlers under 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian, as well as a Junior Concussion Form, before going on the ice. If a parent isn't coming to the event, both waivers can be provided to your group by email. Print and sign and send them with the junior curler.

    Are there any age limits? Can kids or teens curl?

    Children must be at least 7 years old to curl. Children under 13 are required to wear a properly fitting helmet. GCC does not provide helmets, so each child must bring their own. Bicycle, ski, skate, skateboard, and hockey helmets are examples of acceptable options. Your event hose will have the discretion to approve or reject adequacy of head protection. all children are required to have adult supervision at all times.

    What if more or less people show up than we planned?

    You are charged a flat rate per sheet reserved for your group event, with a maximum of 10 curlers per sheet. If you have fewer curlers than planned you will still be charged the same flat rate. Based on our sheet guidelines, it is your responsibility to reserve the appropriate number of sheets. Participation on each sheet at any given time is limited to 10 people plus an instructor.

    Under limited circumstances your group may exceed 10 guests per sheet. If this occurs you will be charged $30 per extra curler and $10 for each non-curling spectator in your group.

    Training is required for all curlers and is done with all curlers at the same time on the sheet. Late arrivals are strongly discouraged, and may not get a chance to curl. There is no "swapping in and out" during the training to save money on the number of sheets needed.

    Do you provide Catering or Bar Service?

    The Curling Club does not provide any catering or bar service, but we are well equipped with a full kitchen on both levels, as well as multiple serving areas. We can provide a list of caterers we have worked with in the past who are familiar with our building. If you would like to bring alcoholic beverages, you will need to purchase a Banquet Permit from the State Liquor Control Board. Please note you will need to print, sign, and bring the permit with you to display. Alcoholic beverages are only permitted in the 2nd level club area.

    Purchase a Banquet Permit Here: https://lcb.wa.gov/licensing/online-banquet-permit.

    Are there tables and chairs?

    Yes. COVID restrictions permitting, there are five round tables and chairs that seat up to 40 people set up in the 2nd level club area. Additional tables and chairs can be set up to accommodate additional attendees or catering.

    What is the address of the curling club?

    Our street address is: 1440 North 128th Street, Seattle, WA 98133

    Our Map & Directions page has full information.

    How do I learn more about curling?

  • This is a great 2-minute curling explanation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOk9SVzqHsk
  • Sweeping and the physics of curling - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miB7HzUvmM0
  • How curling stones are made - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrVgfaDPI4w
  • Full curling game in under 5 Minutes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC3C4RURsdU

    I have a question that wasn't answered in this section.

    Group events at Granite Curling Club are very popular and we welcome you to our club to learn the sport. The best way to get questions answered is to email the Group Events Coordinator at groupevents@curlingseattle.org. Unfortunately, there are times when the club is closed and making contact by phone will be delayed. We will make every effort to respond to your email promptly to address any additional questions or issues regarding your special curling experience! The coordinator will work with you if an alternate means of communication is necessary.

    We look forward to hosting your next outing for a great time on the ice. Good curling!